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The country's polarization now extends to entertainment television, Axios' Shane Savitsky writes.
The state of play: You can see the split by the geographic schisms in Google interest in two programs — HBO's "Succession" and USA's live wrestling "WWE Raw" — which both air weekly to similarly-sized audiences.
Traditional network shows also face this same divide, according to a SurveyMonkey poll for Business Insider.
The big picture: Week after week, the list of the most-watched shows on cable television is dominated by Fox News — with a few appearances by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow — highlighting how political punditry so often functions as entertainment in Americans' media diets.
The bottom line: This trend will accelerate as more and more streaming services with their own cloistered libraries spin up, highlighted by the launch of Disney+ later this year.
President Trump tweeted a high-reso image of the aftermath of a mysterious explosion at an Iranian space center, "raising questions about whether he had plucked a classified image from his morning intelligence briefing to troll the Iranians," the N.Y. Times' David E. Sanger and Bill Broad write.
Why it matters, from the WashPost: "The image ... is almost certainly highly classified, experts said, and bears markings that resemble those made by intelligence analysts."
Asked about the photo by reporters on the South Lawn, Trump said: "I just wish Iran well. They had a big problem. And we had a photo. And I released it, which I have the absolute right to do."
For contrast with the U.S. spy shot, here's a commercial satellite view:
President Trump said he considered the ouster of his personal assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, to be virtually "automatic" after he found out about comments she made during an off-the-record dinner with reporters.
Westerhout, whose access to the White House was revoked Thursday, made the off-the-record remarks at a dinner with reporters who were covering him during this month's summer break in New Jersey.
Asked about a report by Politico about the contents of Westerhout's dish, Trump said the idea that he didn't want to be photographed with Tiffany Trump, his youngest daughter, was "just absolutely false."
Why it matters: Westerhout, whose title was director of Oval Office operations, sat right outside the Oval Office, and had unique visibility into the president's calls, visitors and correspondence.
The president said Westerhout told him she had been drinking at the dinner.
Above, a sea turtle nest is cordoned off on South Beach, Miami, as bands of rain pour in.
Hurricane Dorian has gained fearsome new muscle as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, bearing down on the northwestern Bahamas en route to Florida's east coast, AP reports.
Now three hours!
A Siberian tiger cub licks an ice cake with meat at the zoo in Hanover, Germany.
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